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Off-Grid Heating Now that we're into November, there's a chill in the air here in northern Arizona. One of the frequent questions I get is how to heat a home when you're off the grid. We use our fireplace for nearly 100% of our heating. I do leave our propane furnace on a ridiculously low setting - I think 60 degrees - so if we leave the house for a couple days it doesn't actually get cold inside.
There is a lifetime of firewood on most parcels of land on Willow Creek Ranch. It is mostly Juniper, which is important for forest fire concerns - Juniper is dang near impossible to start on fire when it is alive. And for that reason I strongly suggest cutting a whole years worth of firewood and leave it stacked under the trees for a year prior to attempting to burn it. It is an easy start the second year - but when it's fresh cut it is hard to start and kind of smoky - and I like neither of those conditions! On my property if I run out - there is always a dead tree to supplement before trying to burn the next year’s greener cut wood.
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